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Spousal adultery

digital-art-398342_1280Warning: This is a little more technical and academic than most of my posts.

This semester I am taking a class at the seminary called Human Sexuality and the States of Life. The main textbook for the course is Pope Saint John Paul II’s (I’m just gonna write JP2 for the rest of this) Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body. That is, the original reflections that he delivered that…

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Stuff just got real

Stuff just got real

IMG_2382Today, I was instituted to the ministry of acolyte for the Catholic Church.

Almost everyone to whom I’ve told that has responded with something to the effect of, “That’s great! What is it?” So, with that in mind, let me offer some explanation. Since ancient times, there have been waypoints on the path to priesthood. For a very long time, these took the form of four minor orders (porter, lector,…

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Guess who is now officially an acolyte for the #CatholicChurch! #ThisGuy #SemLife

Guess who is now officially an acolyte for the #CatholicChurch! #ThisGuy #SemLife

And so it begins. Repping the Nashville polo for NDA Gala 2014.

And so it begins. Repping the Nashville polo for NDA Gala 2014.

Another new entry over on the blog. Go read and lemme know what you think. JoeFessenden.com

Another new entry over on the blog. Go read and lemme know what you think. JoeFessenden.com

The Quest: A reflection on priesthood

The Quest: A reflection on priesthood

Don Quixote by Pablo Picasso

Don Quixote by Pablo Picasso

I am going to offer another reflection based on The Man of La Mancha. Sorry, it’s been on the swimming mp3 player for a bit. Anyway, during the story, as the residents of the inn at which Don Quixote takes up residence as his castle, he is asked to explain his quest. In musical theatre, a request for a explication of this sort almost invariably leads to a musical…

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Where to go when you need answers. Luckily, He lives here. #SemLife

Where to go when you need answers. Luckily, He lives here. #SemLife

A plea to girls and women everywhere - Inspired by The Man of La Mancha

IMG_1638_Red“May I set the stage?”

I probably have alluded this before, but it came to mind recently. In case it’s interesting, I was doing my lap-swimming in the pool a few days ago, and I had decided listen to The Man of La Mancha while I was swimming (can I just point out that waterproof mp3 players are an awesome idea?).

Anyway, in case you don’t know that show, it’s the musical theater adaptation of…

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Reading #JP2 al fresco. #BeautifulDay #SemLife #TheologyOfTheBody #TOB

Reading #JP2 al fresco. #BeautifulDay #SemLife #TheologyOfTheBody #TOB

Someone properly understands the meaning of the word “healthy.” #Healthy #Cookies #SemLife

Someone properly understands the meaning of the word “healthy.” #Healthy #Cookies #SemLife